During the NHL video explanation, the league described the hit as “high” and “forceful.” The league believes that Ennis’ head was the primary point of contact, and that said head contact was avoidable.
Blackhawks’ Caggiula suspended one game for hit to head of Oilers’ Ennis
This one-game suspension marks Caggiula’s first bit of supplemental discipline from the NHL, as he hasn’t been fined or suspended before. Game 1 ended up being a rough one for Ennis, who also got cut by a skate in an unfortunate accident:
While Caggiula got suspended, he wasn’t whistled for a penalty during Game 1. Instead, Ennis received a penalty for delay of game.
In the grand scheme of things, the Blackhawks may not lose too much in Caggiula getting suspended. The 26-year-old averaged a modest 11:49 TOI per game in 2019-20, and fell in that range (11:25) during Chicago’s 6-4 Game 1 win.
Here’s the remaining schedule for the Oilers and Blackhawks in their 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifier best-of-five series:
(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks (Blackhawks lead series 1-0)
Monday, Aug. 3: Blackhawks vs. Oilers, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Oilers vs. Blackhawks, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Friday, Aug. 7: Oilers vs. Blackhawks*, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Blackhawks vs. Oilers*, TBD
* – If necessary